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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jul 19, 2011 5:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: TDIH (1974) - A mercurial perfomance in Fresno

Like many of you, I had a cassette of this brilliant Selland concert and I listened to the hell out of it during my formative years. I would have to credit this music in large part, with making me a Deadhead.

Not surprisingly, this performance has aged extremely well, remaining one of the best and most important shows, not just for 1974 but of all-time. Due in no small part to the glorious sound quality of the available recordings, the finest of which is a near pefect Rob Eaton/Charlie Miller collaboration.

Starting with the interesting sound check jam prelude, this is clearly a unique Grateful Dead performance. The vibe in Fresno during this evening is strikingly different from the more aesthetically beautiful music performed during June of this year. In contrast, this music has an edgy, almost brooding element to it. It is, for the most part, extremely well played and has a great jazzy groove. Several of the songs are candidates for best ever performances, most notably a very fine stand alone Scarlet Begonias, a nervous Playin' in the Band and an ultra-high intensity Let it Grow. Of course the centerpiece of the show is the rather unique second set jam sequence featuring one of the finest Spanish Jams the band has ever played.

Selland '74 should be played at full volume...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1974-07-19.sbd.miller.32634.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: Space Jogger Date: Jul 19, 2011 5:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (1974) - A mercurial perfomance in Fresno

Interesting you describe the Playin' from this show as nervous, which I can see. On another website I recently describe this Playin' as "A real sonic dose that ebbs, and flows and rolls on you."

I hear three distinct sections during the jam, almost like the first, second, and third act of a story or play. The band is completely in the group mind as they rise and fall together. If the jam was charted out it would show three distinct peaks and valleys.

It all happens in such a spontaneous way, but fits together brilliantly. By the time they take you to the end of the journey at the great climax it just feels like they flipped the rules of the universe inside out to get you there. All I can do as have my jaw hanging agape at the end of this jam. What a ride on this one! Amazing!!!

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Jul 19, 2011 11:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (1974) - A mercurial perfomance in Fresno

Thanks for the great summary of this wonderful performance. This is absolutely one of my favorite shows of the year, and also one of the first '74 shows I ever got. It seems like almost every song this night is a highlight; the second set jams are some of the finest of the year. But the Scarlet in the first set is The Scarlet as far as I'm concerned. Jerry's fuzz-tone makes this one really unique, and then they just take off into an amazingly fluid and tight jam that does not let up. This is probably the highlight of the first set for me even more than the Playing, which is pretty damn tough to beat.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Jul 19, 2011 11:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (1974) - A mercurial perfomance in Fresno

This show really does stand up again and again and disc 3 is one of THE all time best segements of Dead

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Poster: bkidwell Date: Jul 19, 2011 6:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (1974) - A mercurial perfomance in Fresno

Completely agreed with all of Cliff's remarks. One of the all-time greats! I am a big fan of hearing the Wall of Sound from the AUD perspective as well as from the soundboards, so I will supplement your post honoring this fine show with an aud link for those interested:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1974-07-19.shure.unknown.fix-102766.102866.flac16

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Poster: N Hoey Date: Jul 21, 2011 10:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (1974) - A mercurial perfomance in Fresno

Thanks for linking this too. I was the guy that discovered this master in my friend Allan's closet and posted it at Dime a couple years ago. He recorded it with UCSC AV gear when he was going there but wasn't really a super Deadhead or trader, so it ended up in his closet. Every time I see the shnid saying "unknown" I get annoyed because it was NOT unknown. All the info was posted in my upload. Seems like because it was not C Miller or one of the other tape source honchos it was anonymized by whoever listed it at etree.

Sorry. I had to express that. Enjoy the show.